Founder Di on the day the joy left her life

Menopause Support founder Diane Danzebrink was featured in a double-page spread in the weekly magazine Best talking about her menopause experience and her decision to campaign for every woman to get the support they deserve.

Diane’s journey started in 2012 after major surgery due to suspected ovarian cancer, and she details a horrifying ordeal that lasted quite some time.

Her surgically-induced menopause caused her serious mental as well as physical problems, but thanks to the help of her husband Martin and managing to find the right  Hormone Relacement Therapy (HRT) treatment , she was soon on the road to recovery and her mind turned to how she could begin to help others.

Di told the magazine: “There are currently 13 million of us in Britain who are either peri- or post-menopausal – mothers, grandmothers, partners, colleagues, friends. Their symptoms can be debilitating, costing them their physical and mental health, their relationships and their careers.

“In the worst cases, it costs them their life too. Figures from the Samaritans show that suicide rates among women are highest between the ages of 45 and 54.

“This is no coincidence. But it doesn’t have to be this way – and I’m living proof. What I went through was terrifying and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, but I believe it happened for a reason.

“I never expected to be an activist at 55, but in 2015 I couldn’t wait for somebody else to speak up about this injustice”.

Now she dreams of the day where the campaign is no longer needed and every woman gets the care and compassion they deserve.

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